Michael Hiam’s book on Sam Adams is in renewed demand after whistle-blower Edward Snowden wins Sam Adams Integrity in Intelligence award

July 17th, 2013

News of the award, recently reported by Eileen Kersey at, spurred a rise in sales of used copies of Hiam’s book “Who the Hell Are We Fighting?”: The Story of Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars (Steerforth Press, 2006). Sam Adams, a CIA analyst during the Vietnam War, made shocking discoveries about the Johnson administration’s deceptive public statements…

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Meg Muckenhoupt, Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces

June 21st, 2013

Union Park Press, 2010 Buy full-color paperback edition on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Read about it on the publisher’s blog. Visit and download an innovative Android locator app based on the book.

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Warner and Whittemore, American Urban Form

May 3rd, 2013

Read a sample; buy the book. Overview and endorsements Choice magazine has awarded its prize for outstanding academic title in 2012 to American Urban Form: A Representative History, by MIT urban history professor Sam Bass Warner (author of Streetcar Suburbs, etc.) and recent MIT planning grad Andrew Whittemore, with line drawings by Whittemore.

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New German editions of George V. Higgins novels

April 10th, 2013

From Kunstmann Verlag catalog page for the fall 2013: Other licenses in the wake of Killing Them Softly, the 2012 movie starring Brad Pitt, include the large-scale Vintage Books reissue of Cogan’s Trade along with ten other novels by George V. Higgins (Google Play;; iTunes; B&N; IndieBound; etc.). Orion (UK) reissued Cogan and six other Higgins titles, in electronic and/or paperback format(s). Foreign language licenses so far include: Chinese (simplified: Shanghai Translation;…

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KILLING THEM SOFTLY small-screen release

March 29th, 2013 puts it concisely and well: George V. Higgins’s 1974 crime novel Cogan’s Trade breezed through theaters last fall in the form of Killing Them Softly, a cerebral bloodbath starring Brad Pitt as an assassin hired to round up a trio of wannabe gangsters. This week’s Blu-ray and DVD release gives Higgins fans another chance to savor Higgins’s…

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